2011-2012 Pueblo West Walk/Bike to School

Join us Wednesdays March 7th, April 4th and May 2nd 2012

on the trails to Sierra Vista and Skyview!

Map of trails and ticket locations

October 5th, 2011 was International Walk/Bike to School Day with 406 students participating!     Video from 2010 Walk/Bike to School Day!

November 9th, 2011 had over 70 kids walk/bike on a 22 degree morning to Sierra Vista.  

December 7th, 2011 had 173 kids walk/bike get candy canes from Santa on the trail to Sierra Vista! Hot chocolate warmed them up by the bike rack.

Sierra Vista Elementary, Skyview Middle School and Pueblo West High School celebrated the new trail constructed this summer by encouraging students to ride or walk at least part of the way to school on October 5, 2011 along the trails shown on the map

  • This is a voluntary program trying to increase physical activity, decrease pollution and traffic around the school which often discourages others from walking or biking to school due to safety concerns. 
  • The map shows walking/biking routes using the trails near the school.
  • The "T" markers are spaced roughly 0.5 mile apart where volunteers will hand walkers/cyclists a raffle ticket for prizes to be drawn at school that day. If only Sierra Vista participating (Nov 9, Dec 7), only T locations within 1.5 mile of SVE will have volunteers handing out tickets.

Prior to October 5th, students will:

  • Watch a series of locally produced educational videos demonstrating the rules for safer walking and bicycling on our community roads and how to use and share multi-use trails safely.
  • Be provided a water bottle with the rules of the road and how to safely share trails (grades 2-6, plus other interested students in high school).
  • Take a walking tour of the nearby trails with the new Pueblo Area Bike Route map to learn more direct routes and safer options for getting to school instead of using heavily traveled roads.
  • Be strongly encouraged to walk or ride with at least one buddy or ask parents with more flexible schedules to volunteer and walk/ride and help promote safety. Bike Train routes will be shown on the map for kids to join and have some adult supervision on the way to school.
  • Be taught each person is responsible for themselves, for following the rules of the road and staying safe. 
  • Be taught to wear a properly fitting helmet every time they ride and to pack a bike lock to secure their bike at school.

On October 5h, students that arrive on foot or bike:

  • Will be given raffle tickets and a snack upon arriving at school if they walk or ride to school.  A drawing will take place at school for gift certificates, movie passes and iTune cards will be given away for those who have earned a ticket(s).
  • Parent and community volunteers will be stationed along the designated trails handing students raffle tickets to encourage use of the designated trails.  These volunteers will provide some adult supervision along the route and help make trail crossings at roadways a little more visible to motorists.
  • Need to leave home in time to arrive at school
    • no later than 7:25 a.m. for PWHS or Skyview
    • no later than  7:55 am for Sierra Vista Elementary
    • The "T" markers are roughly 0.5 mile apart along the trails.  The average student will need 10-12 minutes to walk each "T" or 5-6 minutes to ride each "T". 

Follow up Walk-n-Roll Days  are planned for November 9th, December 8th (SVE only with Santa on a bike!), March 7th, April 4th and May 2ndWe will try to continue to offer the raffle ticket incentive and prize drawing as much as volunteers are available to encourage walking/biking to school!  Check this website for updates to the maps and where volunteers will be placed based on availability.  Stay up to date by joining the email user group: 

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